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NFL Star Julian Edelman May Have Helped Prevent a School Shooting

05 April, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman played a key role in thwarting a potential school shooting when he reported a comment that was left on his Instagram account, according to Ken Belson of the New York Times.

Edelman notified his assistant, and after Shannon Moen scanned the comments and alerted authorities in Boston, the 14-year-old boy was soon arrested at his mother's house in MI, where two of her rifles were discovered. When police arrived at the boy's home, according to the Times, he admitted to posting the threat. The captain said the kid's threat was aimed at his middle school in a nearby township. Police also found two rifles that belong to his mother.

Edelman instantly thought of the mass shooting about five weeks earlier in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed.

The New York Times reports Edelman was in Texas visiting Danny Amendola when he received a message on social media alerting him to a threatening comment on one of his Instagram posts.

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He immediately notified his assistant Shannen Moen, who then searched through hundreds of comments on the football player's most recent Instagram post.

A college student who tipped off Edelman tells 7News that he noticed the comment, which said: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news". The cop looked at the screenshot and then called her chief, who sent two detectives to Moen's house in Boston. The teenager was taken to a juvenile detention center and charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, which could keep him detained for four years. "Like we tell everybody, if you see something, if you hear something, say something". "We take these threats very seriously".

"Thankfully, this kid said something", Edelman said, via NYT. "He's the real hero".

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